Southwell Supporting Newark Foodbank
Tel: 0774 364 3738
Following a talk, early in 2013, from Gary Beech of Newark Foodbank, Churches Together in Southwell agreed to try to offer practical support to the local Foodbank. We had heard about the escalating need for food support, often from hard-pressed working families simply unable to make ends meet.
Care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB staff, police and probation officers, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. At the Foodbank, three days’ worth of food is distributed to each client, and the volunteers also offer a listening ear, often signposting people to agencies able to help prevent their situation worsening. Happily, few clients need to return during a particular crisis - but many remain just one unexpected bill away from hunger.
A steering group was formed to promote a foodbank initiative across the churches and wider community in Southwell. This resulted in a collection in September 2013 across all Southwell, involving the Post Office, One-Stop, McColls, Boots and Lloyds, involving many volunteers. The people of Southwell responded magnificently with a huge amount delivered to Newark Foodbank. Following on from that, the One-Stop has left their collection bin in place and the Co-op has started to leave a trolley out for regular donations. It became clear that, between these sources and the various churches, the donations were trickling into Newark piecemeal. Therefore the group has set up a rota so that the food is collected from all the locations once a fortnight and delivered to Newark Foodbank - they put on extra staff when they know we are coming!
As ever, this requires the goodwill and help of as many volunteers as possible, so if you, or anyone you know, would be interested in helping with this work or wants further information, please leave a message on 0774 364 3738.
Visit www.newark.foodbank.org.uk for more information.